Bell Bulletin Registration Edition

July 12, 2018

New Students Zoned for Bell Elem (1st-5th Grade) Will Attend Paloma Creek Elem This Year


For the 2018-2019 school year, new Bell students in 1st-5th grade that reside in the Bell Elementary School attendance zone will attend Paloma Creek Elementary School.


Bell Elementary has reached capacity, but fortunately our ‘overflow’ campus, Paloma Creek Elementary, is great and near the neighborhood.


Kindergarteners will still register at Bell Elementary. Returning Bell students will still register at Bell Elementary if you continue to reside in our attendance zone.


Please contact our offices if you have any questions.

Bell Elementary - (972) 347-7200

Paloma Creek Elementary - (972) 347-7300

Registration - New to Denton ISD Students

http://www.dentonisd.org/registration

Click link above for district registration information!


Make sure you have completed your online registration through InfoSnap! When finished, it will prompt you to print the verification page that you will bring to Bell during registration.


Registration Dates at Bell Elementary Front Office:

Monday, July 30: 8 AM - 3 PM

Tuesday, July 31: 8 AM - 3 PM

Wednesday, August 1: 8 AM - 3 PM

Thursday, August 2: 7 AM - 7 PM - Special Extended Hours

Friday, August 3: 8 AM - 3 PM


You must complete both on-line registration AND Bell campus registration to have your child on a class list for Meet the Teacher Night!


During Bell campus registration, you will bring the following:

  • Verification print out from INFOSNAP
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, lease, or mortgage statement). Cable, phone, cell phone, or insurance bills cannot be accepted. If you live with relatives/friends, you will both need to be present at registration and will need to complete an affidavit of residency. Bills/statements must be current - June or July.
  • Guardian Driver's License
  • Student birth certificate or passport
  • Updated student immunization records
  • Student social security card (if applicable)
  • Student withdrawal papers from the previous school/district (if applicable)
  • You will complete car tag information, etc while at Bell. We will make paperwork to be completed at Bell kept to a minimum for your convenience!
  • New student registration will not be finalized until these documents have been submitted to the campus.


*Release of Directory Information:

This is always a tricky part of on-line registration for parents, and we get many questions about this step! During your on-line registration portion, you will be asked to choose a Release of Directory Information option. Options will include:

Option #1: All info released. Information can be shared with contacts outside of DISD.

Option #2: Release limited information. Information will only be used within DISD (Bell Facebook, yearbook, Denton ISD Facebook, school photos, school website, etc).

Option #3: Release no information. No information will be released at the school, within the district, or outside the district. This means your child cannot have their school photos taken, and cannot be in the yearbook, as an example.

*Please note that Bell keeps all student information such as phone number and address confidential. We do not print directories with this information that goes home for all parents. If you have any questions about this step, please give us a call!

Registration - Returning to Denton ISD Students

http://www.dentonisd.org/registration

Click link above for district registration information!


Make sure you have completed your online registration through infosnap using the snapcode that was emailed to you at the beginning of July! When finished, it will prompt you to print the verification page that you will bring to Bell during registration. If you do not have a snapcode in your email, please make sure to check your SPAM. If still not there, please email us at mknott@dentonisd.org. Please do not complete a "new" student registration. Each of your children will have a different snapcode.


Registration Dates at Bell Elementary Front Office:

Monday, July 30: 8 AM - 3 PM

Tuesday, July 31: 8 AM - 3 PM

Wednesday, August 1: 8 AM - 3 PM

Thursday, August 2: 7 AM - 7 PM - Special Extended Hours

Friday, August 3: 8 AM - 3 PM


You must complete both on-line registration AND Bell campus registration to have your child on a class list for Meet the Teacher Night!


During Bell campus registration, you will bring the following:

  • Verification print out from INFOSNAP
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, lease, or mortgage statement). Cable, phone, cell phone, or insurance bills cannot be accepted. If you live with relatives/friends, you will both need to be present at registration and will need to complete an affidavit of residency. Bills/statements must be current - June or July.
  • Guardian Driver's License
  • Any updated vaccinations that were completed over the summer (all vaccinations for any new students).
  • You will complete car tag information, etc while at Bell. We will make paperwork to be completed at Bell kept to a minimum for your convenience!
  • Student registration will not be finalized until these documents have been submitted to the campus.


*Release of Directory Information:

This is always a tricky part of on-line registration for parents, and we get many questions about this step! During your on-line registration portion, you will be asked to choose a Release of Directory Information option. Options will include:

Option #1: All info released. Information can be shared with contacts outside of DISD.

Option #2: Release limited information. Information will only be used within DISD (Bell Facebook, yearbook, Denton ISD Facebook, school photos, school website, etc).

Option #3: Release no information. No information will be released at the school, within the district, or outside the district. This means your child cannot have their school photos taken, and cannot be in the yearbook, as an example.

*Please note that Bell keeps all student information such as phone number and address confidential. We do not print directories with this information that goes home for all parents. If you have any questions about this step, please give us a call!

New to Bell Kindergarteners - Kinder Screening

As we prepare to group our kindergarten classes, it is helpful for us to have a little bit of information about their knowledge and experiences. In order to get a better feel for your students, we conduct a brief assessment before school begins during registration week. This should take about 15-20 minutes and is very low stress. Here is a link to our signupgenius, where you will pick a time for your child's assessment.



https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0a4daea622a13-registration


The signup genius has 2 slots open for each 20 minute increment on August 1st between 8AM-12PM, and August 2nd between 12PM-6PM. Slots are on a first come, first served basis, so make sure to sign up today! :)



You and your child will then come to the Bell front office at your chosen time, and a teacher will take your child to a classroom and ask him or her some questions. We are assessing things like letter sounds and recognition, some basic reading or pre reading skills and some simple counting. The point of this process is to make sure that our kindergarten classes are well balanced with each class roster containing students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds. This process has proven to be very helpful in the past and allows for the teachers to have a little information about each child on the first day, rather than spending the first couple of weeks trying to assess each students' knowledge base.



When you bring your child, this will also be the perfect time for you to drop off any documents that you need to complete the enrollment process - Bell front office on site registration. (Enrollment verification form, current proof of residence, immunization record, etc.) Check your online enrollment information to find out what you need and save yourself a second trip!

School Meal Assistance

If you would like to apply for school meal assistance (lunch/breakfast at a free or reduced price), please use the link below. You will be able to complete an application here beginning July 17th.

https://food.dentonisd.org/Register.aspx


For questions, please refer to the Denton ISD Child Nutrition website below or call (940) 369-0230.

http://www.dentonisd.org/Page/501

School Supplies 2018-2019

Access class school supply lists at Bell's website: http://www.dentonisd.org/belles

School Instructional Hours/School

School Hours:

7:40 AM - 3:00 PM

The bell rings at 7:40 AM, and students should be in their classroom seat ready for video announcements to begin at 7:40! A "tardy" is getting to school after 7:40 AM. Thank you in advance for helping our students start the day off right by coming in on time and ready to learn alongside their peers!


Dismissal will be started earlier than 3:00 the first week or two of school while we spend extra time teaching students how to be safe during this time. Please expect car rider dismissal to take about 45 minutes the first week of school while students are learning their numbers and learning this system. This is normal, and the time will become faster each day. In fact, our car rider dismissal ends only 7 minutes behind our "walker" dismissal after it gets going. Don't give up on it after the first few days! :) After the first 2 weeks of school, our students should be ready to push dismissal back to 3:00 so we can maximize time on learning. We communicate this now so you are in the know and prepared for next year. We are expecting an enrollment of 720 students this year. This is a lot of students to dismiss safely, and we could not do it without your continued support!


You may access the 2018-2019 school calendar here:

http://www.dentonisd.org/cms/lib/TX21000245/Centricity/Domain/1/2018-19-SchoolCal-Eng-Span-Combined.pdf

Bringing Items From Home - 2018-2019

We want to make you aware of the following items that will be included in our Student/Parent Handbook:


Toys:

We have had some trouble with toys being brought to school. Toys are not allowed at Bell Elementary. We are not able to ensure the security of items brought from home and are not responsible for them being lost or taken. Please help us by not allowing your child to bring them to school so that focus can be on classroom learning and peer social interactions. Teachers will take up toys that are disrupting learning and will be in contact with you if it becomes a problem. The only exception to this is if classroom teachers have a special day/event they let you know about or if they allow recess sporting equipment - they will be your point of contact for what is allowed in their classroom. "Toys" includes spinners, as an example. If a child needs a fidget item during class due to a 504 or IEP plan accommodation, the teacher will supply one and include training on how to use it appropriately.


Bikes/Scooters:

We have many students who ride their bikes and scooters to school. These must be locked up at our bike racks to ensure they are not stolen. Please make sure you have a lock for your child prior to school starting!


Technology:

We have many students who walk home after school and need a phone for safety. Phones need to remain silent and in a child's backpack. Students should not be texting each other or family members during school hours, so there is no need to have a phone in a pocket. If you need to get your child a message, please call our front office. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. There may be special times teachers allow students to use technology from home (tablets, smart phones, etc) to help with learning, such as research projects. The teacher will let students know when these items can be taken out for instruction and the expectation for use. Having technology at school is not a requirement to complete on-line learning in class. All classes have Chromebooks, at least one tablet, and access to Bell Computer Lab and Bell Collaboration Lab. Teachers will take up technology that is disrupting learning and will be in contact with you if it becomes a problem.

Are You Connected?

Join Bell Elementary's Facebook Page to receive special updates and reminders!

https://www.facebook.com/catherinebellelemschool/

Or search "Catherine Coleman Bell Elementary" and LIKE the page


Support Bell PTA and receive information from their Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/KeepCalmAndVolunteer/?fref=ts

Or search "Bell Elementary PTA" and LIKE the page

Not a PTA member yet? It's not too late! Stop by the office and we can get you set up!

Dates To Remember

The Bell campus is closed for summer. Our offices will open again on July 24th. You may call us at (972) 347-7200 with any registration questions you may have on July 24th. We hope you are having a wonderful summer!


Meet the Teacher Night!

Monday, August 13th:

Kinder-1st Grade - 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

2nd-5th Grade - 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Bring your school supplies!

Meet the Teacher Nights are staggered to allow for more parking due to our high enrollment of students and families at Bell Elementary. Thank you for helping us by adhering to the correct times.


First Day of School

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

7:40 AM - 3:00 PM